Auberlen, Marks, Crescentini Battle The Odds Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR - 07/26/2004 - Bill Auberlen maintains his overall lead in the Championship after finishing in eighth place in this weekend's Speed Touring Car event at ...
Auberlen, Marks, Crescentini Battle The Odds
Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR - 07/26/2004 - Bill Auberlen maintains his overall lead in the Championship after finishing in eighth place in this weekend's Speed Touring Car event at Portland International Raceway in Oregon. Recent weight adjustments and a reduction in the allowed engine rev limit severely cut into his chances for a win this past weekend. Dino Crescentini also retains his lead for the Rookie of the Year award. Crescentini finished right behind his teammate in ninth place.
The team's performance was hampered by additional weight penalties and a lower engine rev limit imposed by the series officials after the last race. An additional 100 pounds was added to the base weight of the cars. Coupled with the 250lbs of success ballast that Auberlen has accumulated equals a race weight that is close to that of a stock BMW 325i. The maximum rev limit was dropped by 500 rpm. The new regulations are designed to slow the BMWs down and allow other marques to catch up.
Bill Auberlen, car #1 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i:
"With the new weight I was out of contention for a win here this weekend. The Acuras just walked away with it. What this means to us is that the Turner Motorsport team is going to have to work harder in between races to give us perfect cars. We're going to have to work closer with H&R Springs and StopTech Brakes to come up with a way to remain competitive."
An early incident left Justin Marks with a damaged car. Marks and teammate Crescentini made contact on the third lap. His suspension was damaged and despite his efforts he was forced to retire the car. Crescentini spun but continued and his lap times were consistent with the race leaders.
Dino Crescentini, car #3 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i:
"Overall, I'm satisfied with the result. I started from fifth but the spin and other factors dropped me down the field. The Centric Parts BMW was great all weekend. A top ten finish is a good place to be and leading the Rookie of the Year is fantastic. But I wish the series officials did not come down as hard as they did."
This event from Portland will be broadcast on The Speed Channel on Sunday, August 1st at 12:00pm.
The next round of the Speed Touring Car Championship will be at Mosport International Raceway in Ontario, Canada on the August 6-8 weekend.